Sardis homicide suspect in custody, investigation ongoing

Saline County Sheriff's deputies discovered a murder in Saline County after receiving a 911 call from the Sardis community.

The caller reportedly told dispatchers he had heard a crash, immediately hanging up afterward.

Deputies were called out to E. Miller Sardis Road early Tuesday morning, expecting a bad car accident.

"If I called and hear, 'Hey, there's just been a crash,' and hung up the phone - through experience somebody has just crashed in their front yard, they've either flipped the car into the yard or ran into the house," commented Lt. Scott Courtney, public information officer for the Saline County Sheriff's Office.

But when deputies got on scene at 19625 E. Miller Sardis Road, they discovered the body of Anthony Ballentine, 22, with a Bauxite mailing address.

Authorities said he was living with Abel Enriquez, 65, the man police say called 911.

Even though Enriquez called for help, he's the man sheriff's deputies took into custody.

"You base everything on the facts that you have and the facts that you can see," said Courtney.

Enriquez remains in the Saline County Detention Center on a first degree murder charge while he awaits his bond hearing. Bond is scheduled to be set on Friday at 10:00 a.m.